SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – ONE SECOND

Rating: MA15+
Length: 105 mins
Cast: Fan Wei, Liu Haocun, Zhang Yi

The great Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, SFF 1988; Ju Dou; Raise the Red Lantern; Hero, SFF 2004) returns with a beautiful, moving love letter to cinema set during the Cultural Revolution.

In this tumultuous time in Chinese history, an unnamed man (Zhang Yi) is sent to a labour camp in desolate northwestern China for fighting. He escapes, and is obsessed with seeing a particular film, risking everything to get to a screening. When the film reel is stolen, he is determined to recover it; it being the only means to see his long-lost daughter. On his quest to see the precious footage, he encounters an orphaned girl Liu (Liu Haocun) and a master projectionist known as Mr Movie (Fan Wei) who thwart and aid his efforts. Exploring each of these characters’ connection to the cinema, and its impact on a wider community, Zhang masterfully melds slapstick humour and deep emotion in telling this story of the power of cinema.